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Mr. President, the buck stops with you.
Perhaps the most inspiring part of Otis Bowen’s legacy is that between 1946 and 1972 he delivered 3,000 Hoosier babies when he was the small town family physician in Bremen. The future Indiana governor would say that having his hands on so many emerging lives taught him “how to approach emer…
Other issues had potentially greater financial impact or will leave a more resolute imprint on people’s lives, such as Medicaid expansion and Common Core education standards.
There’s always something in Howey Politics Indiana polling that raises at least one eyebrow, and sometimes both.
“Brian, we’re going to get hit again. It’s going to happen. I just hope when it happens, I’m not in Washington.”
For the life of me, I don’t see how expanded background checks for gun purchases is an assault on the 2nd Amendment. Yet that is the phrase we hear over and over from the Indiana congressional delegation.
The headline fixation in the fledgling administration of Gov. Mike Pence has been his 10 percent income tax cut. It is what Chief of Staff Bill Smith calls, “the shiny object” and one that Senate Appropriations Chairman Luke Kenley partially restored on Thursday at 3.3 percent after it didn’…
Four months after the horrific Newtown massacre and five months after Indiana witnessed a $51 million U.S. Senate race, the political TV ads have returned.
Welcome to Indiana, the Methamphetamine State.
Chris Chocola is not a clown.
Amidst all the ribald humor, the yuks, and even “Pope LaMarr I” at the Gridiron Dinner the other night, something leaped off the gigantic video screen in the Indiana Roof Ballroom.
After listening to Gov. Mike Pence and legislative leaders at the calendar halfway point of the Indiana General Assembly, one thing is clear: We have a lot of ideology and lack a lot of metrics and answers.
In April 2008, Hillary Clinton made a campaign appearance at the Wigwam in Anderson. About two hours before she took the stage, a huge line of thousands of people encircled the historic basketball gym, waiting to get in.
INDIANAPOLIS | How is Indiana going to ensure health insurance to the “working poor?”
INDIANAPOLIS | The first actual election results of the new Indiana Congressional and legislative maps drawn in 2011 are in, and the results still reveal a flawed process.
INDIANAPOLIS | In the past 40 years, there have been 55 million abortions in the United States. With Indiana at 2.1 percent of the U.S. population, the math produces a startling statistic: Approximately 1 million Hoosiers didn’t make it into the population.
A little over a week before the New York Times’ Page 1 banner headline would proclaim - “Obama offers liberal vision: ‘We Must Act’" - an acknowledgement of sorts came forth.
All of the pomp, optimism, sunshine and prose was just exactly as it should have been as Gov. Mike Pence became the 12th Indiana congressman to ascend to the state’s top executive position and the first in more than a century to do so.
Just minutes after he sat down in my office on Wednesday to talk about his incoming administration, Gov.-elect Mike Pence hit on the very subject I had been thinking about.
On New Year's Day, Indiana's four freshman members of the U.S. House voted against the so-called fiscal cliff deal. If the deal hadn't passed — and it did by a 257 to 167 margin — most middle class families would have seen their taxes go up somewhere in the $2,000- to $3,000-a-year range.
Hoosier voters are extremely fortunate. It may seem like a very minor point, but we have the Indiana Debate Commission, a group of journalists and academics that formed in 2007 to provide a fitting forum for decision making in gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races.
From a political perspective, the decade-long "Mitch Daniels era" has been devastating for Indiana Democrats.
The next four weeks end an epic era – two for that matter – in Indiana politics as U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar and Gov. Mitch Daniels prepare to leave elective office for what they say will be the final time.
The Indiana congressional delegation has been bleeding seniority, a coveted asset in Capitol Hill.
President Barack Obama’s re-election victory has been sliced and dissected relentlessly since Nov. 6, and as I analyzed earlier, part of it came down to the “female vote” and another centered on the various Republican demographic and personality dilemmas.
There were rumblings this summer and fall that Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett might have a race on his hand.
It was fascinating – stunning, really – to watch Indiana Republican primary voters dump U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar overboard last May.
On Election Day, as I headed to my office to watch the returns, I stopped to pick up some Chinese carryout.
For evangelical Republicans, the apex of political power and influence is within their grasp.
In the press filing room at Indiana University Southeast, the U.S. Senate debate was heading into the 45-minute mark, the candidates had been asked about abortion, and Republican nominee Richard Mourdock was speaking. In my estimation, he was winning this debate, pushing Democrat Joe Donnell…
In a U.S. Senate race engulfed by obfuscated national special interest money, Democrat Joe Donnelly charged that the seat is being “sold.”
Two elections this year are already yielding global change. The first occurred last March, when Vladimir Putin was returned to the Russian presidency. The second came two months later, when Hoosier Republican voters tossed out U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar in favor of Indiana Treasurer Richard Mourdock.
We've never quite seen a gubernatorial campaign like John Gregg's.
With Colorado, Delaware and Nevada nagging reminders of how a Tea Party candidate can botch a Senate race -- and a potential majority, which happened in 2010 -- Indiana Republicans remain in danger of losing a Senate seat.
The cat and mouse game of Mike Pence and the "moral" issues that have been a virtual trademark of his meteoric political career are now beginning to come forward in his gubernatorial campaign against Democrat John Gregg.
It is admirable when a politician or officeholder finds or is confronted with new information that prompts a shift in position.
I've heard this story over and over again from relatives, friends, even the Sears salesman, and I've experienced it myself: Because of the polarized nature of today's politics, old friendships are ending.
We are witnessing perhaps the most vivid contrast between gubernatorial candidates Mike Pence and John Gregg coming with the politically explosive issue of Obamacare.
The increasingly competitive Indiana U.S. Senate race will see more national money pouring in. The Majority PAC, a Democratic super 527 group, made a $500,000 TV ad buy on behalf of Democratic nominee Joe Donnelly last week.
If you are an American – whether a Republican, Democrat or independent – Mitt Romney’s selection of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan to the ticket is the best thing that could have happened in this critical campaign.
ZIONSVILLE, Ind. – In my three decades of covering Indiana politics, I have never seen anything quite like Richard Mourdock’s U.S. Senate campaign.
INDIANAPOLIS | You remember Napoleon? The tyrant who invaded nations, installed relatives as kings, marched a million men into Russia and came back with a few thousand. He was exiled to an island, made his escape, raised an army and returned to power — only to be routed at Waterloo.
It had been nine years since Mike Pence had run and brawled for a congressional seat, twice unsuccessfully challenging U.S. Rep. Phil Sharp.
When I was a high school page for House Speaker Kermit Burrous back in the early 1970s, I remember standing at the speaker’s podium for a photo with him, and looking out across the House chambers as members gathered for the session. I saw Jeff Espich and, of course, the little giant, the mar…
At the advent of Mitch Daniels' governorship, a close ally of his told me the new governor always had a long-range plan. Actually, the Daniels governorship was scripted in advance.
INDIANAPOLIS | When Long Beach, Ind., native John G. Roberts was up for confirmation to become U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice, he did not get the vote of then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.
FORT WAYNE | Once again, Republican U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock appeared with a fellow Republican who vouched for the candidate as being from the "mainstream" of the Indiana Republican Party.
We live in in perhaps the wealthiest and most influential country in the history of civilization.
While Indiana Democrats are preparing to engage Republican U.S. Senate nominee Richard Mourdock on the Chrysler rescue and jobs, the Republican will attack Democratic nominee Joe Donnelly on the Affordable Care Act, or "Obamacare."
There was a reason Indiana Democrats jumped in bed with Richard Mourdock en route to his stunning 61 percent to 39 percent upset of U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar on May 8. They were salivating over playing the "Chrysler" card.
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